BCCI plans to build their own stadium in Delhi

Sankha Ghosh / 29 June 2016
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BCCI is planning to buy land and build a unique cricket stadium, which will be owned and administered only by them, and will not belong to any state association.

The stadium most probably will be built in Delhi within five years, and the cricket board is keen to host their marquee games such as the finals of IPL and World Cups at this stadium.

Interestingly, this will become the first BCCI-owned-and-run stadium. Board took the initiative on the back of some bitter experiences in the past when they had to shift important matches to other venues at the very last moment.

The idea was first proposed by new board president Anurag Thakur during the working committee meeting in Dharamshala and members also appreciated it admitting time has come for BCCI to build their own stadium with all modern and world class facilities.

Anurag Thakur has already confirmed the development and revealed that the new stadium would have world-class facilities and all marquee games can be played there.

“Yes, we discussed this in the working committee with the members. Members agreed that time has come when BCCI should have its own state-of-the- art stadium where some of the marquee matches could be played, be it IPL finals or World Cup finals,” Thakur stated.

Over the past few months, BCCI have seen crucial matches shifting from one venue to another. The high-octane match between India and Pakistan, one of the biggest game of T20 World Cup, had to be shifted from Dharamshala to Kolkata because of security reasons. All IPL matches from Maharashtra had to be moved out of the state following Bombay High Court’s order.

Last-minute changes always have created a major problem for BCCI and also for the broadcasters. The board now wants an alternate stadium where they have complete hold and control, and don’t need to rely on the state associations.

However, the talks are still in the initial stages, BCCI are focusing on Delhi as the venue for their new stadium. The stadium might be built on the outskirts of the city, and board have already started to search for proper land.

Thakur said it would be an all-out weather stadium and have a cricket museum. “We will try to make it all weather stadium where we will have outstanding indoor and outdoor practice facilities. It will have a museum. Our vision would be to make it one of the best stadiums in the world.”